Green is the way to go! One of the latest trends that is really worth following is a low-tox, sustainable and natural beauty routine. It’s amazing for you, everyone around you, as well as for the environment. We’re putting some really harsh, hormone disrupting chemicals on our bodies without realizing it. Thankfully, there are other options, and it starts with moving towards more natural, unrefined products.
Who says that you can’t take care of your skin concerns while also exploring natural beauty? With these simple tips, we want to encourage you to choose what’s best in the long term.
Do It Step By Step
Going clean all at once can be a huge investment and make things even more confusing for you. That is why you should do this swap step by step and replace one product at a time. This will allow you to explore and learn more about each product, the brand that you’re buying from, the effect that it has on you, on the environment and learn the ingredients you should stay away from. Having suggested move away from these toxic products, this doesn’t mean go out and completely overhaul your beauty case in one go! Don’t throw away everything that you own! Instead, try finding greener, more sustainable, low-tox alternatives just as you start running out of your usual products.
The EWG has a great database of resources to learn more about the ingredients and effects on your body and the environment.
Pay Attention To The Ingredient List
You don’t have to be a pro to know what’s good and what’s bad for your body. There are some harmful ingredients that you’ll often find listed on products that you actually use every single day. Natural and organic is what you should be looking for, while also avoiding parabens, microplastics, ethylene, petroleum derivatives, artificial perfumes, toluene and many more. The best way to educate yourself is by using one of the many sites and apps that list what’s good and what to avoid. Our top 2 recommendations are ThinkDirty app and the courses on The Insoired Little Pot, about DIY low-tox skincare!
Use One Product For Many Purposes
Multi-purpose products are amazing because they will not only save you time and money but also help you reduce waste. Yes, you should indeed be looking for brands who opt for plastic-free, eco-friendly packaging, but using two-in-one products will be another step further to your low-tox beauty routine. For example, if you get the BODY OF NATURE – SURF ZINC, you’ll have a foundation and sunscreen in a single tin.
Shampoo bars are another great way to reduce waste and avoid toxic ingredients. They don’t come packed in plastic like most shampoos and conditioners and let’s not forget that you can use them for both hair and body. What’s even better is that these bars are more durable, an extra reason to try them out. The Amor Luminus range of shampoo and conditioner bars is a great example of how you can do better for yourself and the environment.
Consult With A Professional
Whenever you need extra help understanding what’s natural, non-toxic and great for your beauty routine you should consult a professional. Going green doesn’t mean that you should skip facials and other beauty treatments. The even better option is to find a venue that focuses on sustainable beauty and facialists who can educate you further on the matter. These days it’s very easy to find the perfect match for you just by scrolling online and contacting the places for further information before you book.
Reusable Cotton Pads And Cloths
Reusable cotton pads and microfiber cloths are the best eco-friendly option when it comes to removing your makeup and cleaning your face. Have you thought about the fact that you spend so much money on cotton pads every month? Well, this is a much healthier alternative for the environment that also protects your budget. The only thing that you have to think of is washing them well before you use them again. What we also wanted to mention is that these are multi-purpose items that can clean the skin, exfoliate it, and remove makeup as well.
Natural Is Not Always Clean
So many products claim that they are natural, but they still contain toxic chemicals and bad ingredients. If you want to go clean, you should be looking for non-toxic alternatives. In other words, the ingredients can be natural but transformed into chemicals during production. Another thing to keep an eye for is the rest of the list. The tag might say natural, and yes, the product will contain natural ingredients, but it will also be packed with harmful chemicals as well. So, clean and natural are not always the same.
Transitioning to a low-tox beauty routine is not as hard as it sounds. Yes, you will need to ditch some of your all-time favourite products and habits, but it’s all for your good and the good of the environment. You might find these changes confusing in the beginning, but once you get the right information you’ll never go back to your previous beauty staples.
Sarah Pelham is the Beauty & Wellness Expert for Bookwell.com.au, an online platform for instant bookings for hair, nails, beauty & massage appointments. For nearly four years Sarah has worked closely with hundreds of salon owners within the beauty and wellness industries. She has her finger on the pulse of new trends in this growing market.